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Earlham’s Department of Theatre Arts welcomes Earlham students and community members to get involved in our productions!

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In order to give proper support and to include more diverse voices in each production, the Earlham College Department of Theatre Arts encourages on-campus and off-campus partnerships for all productions.

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Earlham students and individuals in the community who are interested in participating in Earlham theatre productions have multiple options.

What is a dramaturg? The dramaturg position is a relatively recent addition to the Theatre Arts. What a dramaturg does varies greatly depending on the needs of the playwright, production, and/or institution with whom the dramaturg is working. Dramaturgs tend to be people who enjoy researching unfamiliar worlds, have a passion for storytelling, and a keen interest in the collaborative creative process. They are fully committed to advocating for the audience point of view.

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Open auditions for MR BURNS, A POST-ELECTRIC PLAY by Anne Washburn will take place from 6:30-9:30pm Tuesday August 11th in Wilkinson Theatre. (Call-backs will be Wednesday August 12th.) There are roles available for five or more actors of all gender identities, racial and ethnic backgrounds, body types, abilities, ages, and experience levels. (The roles of Matt, Jenny, and Gibson have been pre-cast as part of the theatre senior capstone process). Sign up for a one hour group appointment on the doors of Wilkinson Theatre or e-mail [email protected]

ABOUT THE PLAY: What happens to pop culture after the collapse of civilization? Anne Washburn’s dark comedy, Mr. Burns; a post-electric-play, explores how storytelling creates community and community creates resilience.

Seven years after an unspecified apocalyptic event, a group of survivors bond around a campfire as they attempt to piece together the plot of an episode of The Simpsons from memory. Seven years later, the group forms a traveling theatre company to perform snippets of pop culture from the before times — complete with sitcom episodes, pop songs, and commercials. Seventy-five years later, post-apocalyptic society is inspired by a musical re-telling of what is now the legend of Bart Simpson from the original “Cape Feare” episode of The Simpsons.

By tracing the evolution of a popular story shared in community over the course of nearly a century, Anne Washburn’s imaginative dark comedy reveals how art is repurposed to fit the contemporary needs of a culture still reeling from destruction.

HEALTH & SAFETY: This play with music takes place in three different time periods in which it makes sense for characters to practice social distancing and wear masks so our current protocols will apply to their behavior. Music will be pre-recorded in order to ensure safety for all involved. Audience size will be limited in order to practice social distancing.

PREPARATION: Please sign up for a one-hour group audition appointment on the door to Wilkinson Theatre (across from the Runyan Center Desk) or email [email protected] Prepare a one-minute monologue (your choice or an excerpt from the show) and 16 – 32 bars (aprx 1 minute) of a pop song. Bring sheet music or acapella. Audition materials are available in the Earlham Theatre Arts Audition Prep Facebook group. Or email [email protected] for more information and access to the script and monologues. Hard copies will be available at the audition.

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE: A few evening or weekend sessions may be scheduled during the first quarter based on cast availability. During the second quarter rehearsals will be scheduled on Monday – Thursday evenings sometime between 6:30 and 10:30pm (nobody is called for the whole evening if not needed). Time will be managed as efficiently as possible; actor calls and ending times will be pre-established and honored as in a professional setting. The weekend before performances may include one long technical rehearsal.

Earlham Theatre Arts Conscious Casting Policy: Theatre is the art of empathy. We choose to produce plays that serve the Earlham, Richmond, and greater Wayne County communities. In alignment with our anti-racist theatre ethos, we are committed to conscious casting practices. Students, faculty, staff, and community members of all genders, ages, body types, abilities, races, ethnicities, religions, and experience levels are encouraged to audition for Earlham Theatre Arts Department productions. The first priority is to cast students in roles that will challenge them while serving the needs of the production. Guest actors are cast when their contributions to the production will enrich student learning and enhance production quality.

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Earlham will be closed Tuesday, June 22 due to power outage. Email and single sign-on are also affected so this closure includes remote work.
Earlham will be closed Tuesday, June 22 due to power outage. Email and single sign-on are also affected so this closure includes remote work.